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Richard Thorpe Overview:

Director, Richard Thorpe, was born Rollo Smolt Thorpe on Feb 24, 1896 in Hutchinson, KS. Thorpe died at the age of 95 on May 1, 1991 in Palm Springs, CA .



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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The Toy Wife (1938, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 24, 2019 From The Stop Button

The only impressive thing about The Toy Wife (not good, not admirable) is the film?s ability to keep going professionally, no matter how stupid it gets. There are no easy outs in the picture; even when people start dying off to up the tragedy, there?s still a seemingly endless amount of run time rem... Read full article

The Thin Man Goes Home (1945, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 29, 2014 From The Stop Button

The Thin Man Goes Home is very genial. It would be hard for it not to be genial given some of the supporting cast is around just to be genial–familiar character actors like Edward Brophy, Donald Meek and Harry Davenport are around to be likable. And why shouldn’t William Powell and Myrna... Read full article

Double Wedding (1937, )

on Jan 30, 2009 From The Stop Button

Much of Double Wedding–around two-thirds of it–is a supreme comedy. It might feature William Powell’s best comedic performance, just because of the limitless opportunity it offers him. It’s hard to top Powell in a fur coat and a fake wig… with a German accent (and a wal... Read full article

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Richard Thorpe Facts
Uncredited director of the Roman galley scenes in Ben-Hur (1959).

Father of Jerry Thorpe

Thorpe was a favorite at MGM because he always came in under production schedule. He'd often start with a long shot and keep filming until one of the actors fluffed. Then he'd move in a closer setup and shoot until the next hold-up and so on until he finished with just close-ups. He very rarely reshot anything (from Freddie Young's autobiography, "Seventy Light Years").

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